The Health Benefits of Meditation

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Meditation is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms.

The thought that mindfulness and meditation can bring compassion, focus, and joy is thousands of years old. Thankfully, experts have bounced back to it.

We’ve all heard that “meditation is good for you”, but good in what terms?

Meditation, in a way, is like exercise for our mind. It’s been known to assist in mental health maintenance, improve our memory, empathy, and sense of self — similar to how exercise boosts our resilience, muscle strength, cardiovascular health, and blood pressure/cholesterol. It’s almost like our minds have their own bodies, which need to be exercised too.

Here’s what exercising the mind can do to our body:

Immunity

Relaxation boosts immunity in recovering cancer patients. Progressive muscular relaxations, when practised daily, abridge the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Relaxation exercises boost natural killer cells in the elderly, giving them a greater resistance to tumors and to viruses.

Blood Pressure

Meditation lowered blood pressure by making the body less receptive to stress hormones, in a similar way to blood pressure-lowering medication.

Emotional balance

Emotional balance means to be at no cost of all the neurotic behavior. This is very hard to achieve fully, but meditation surely is the way to cure such neurosis and unhealthy emotional states.

Calmness

The simple difference between those who meditate and those who do not, is that for a meditative mind the thought occurs but is witnessed, while for an ordinary mind, the thought occurs and is the boss.

Other benefits also include:

  • Meditation helps reduce symptoms of panic disorder
  • Mindfulness meditation helps treat depression in mothers to be
  • Meditation improves your focus, attention, and ability to work under stress
  • Meditation improves learning, memory and self-awareness
  • Meditation relieves pain better than morphine
  • Mindfulness practices decreases depression
  • Meditation helps manage ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • Meditation helps reduce alcohol and substance abuse
  • Meditation prevents you from falling in the trap of multitasking too often
  • Meditation improves your mood and psychological well-being
  • Meditation reduces stress and anxiety in general
  • Meditation prepares you to deal with stressful events
  • Mindfulness training decreases inflammatory disorders
  • Meditation and meditative prayer help treat premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms
  • Meditation helps us allocate limited brain resources

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Meditation can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it serenity and resilience. Inner peace does so much more for our body than we think.

Meditation can help to resolve the deepest of neuroses, fears and conflict which play their part in causing stress and ill health.

If you’re a beginner, practicing meditation will be easier if you’re in a silent spot with a few distractions, including no television, radios or cellphones. From there, you can center all attention on your breathing. Concentrate on feeling and listening as you inhale and exhale through your nostrils. Breathe deeply and slowly. When your attention wanders, gently return your focus to your breathing.

You can experiment, and you’ll likely find out what types of meditation work best for you and what you enjoy doing.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/meditation/in-depth/meditation/art-20045858?pg=2

http://www.healthandyoga.com/html/meditation/objectives.aspx

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